Lighting For A 5gallon Tank? Help

  1. Zizicakes

    Zizicakes New Member Member

    Alright, so I bought this hood for a 5gallon tank...And me, not knowing anything about lights, went by the recommendations on the box the hood came in. I bought some incandescent "clear bright" 15 watt bulbs for the 5gallon Aqueon hood. After putting the bulb in and turning the light on, I was very disappointed with the color and dimness of the bulb. While some people may prefer it like this, the bulb had this icky orange street light hue to it.
    It makes me super uncomfortable. I'd prefer to have a white or off-white hue from the light in my tank. Much like the LED lights on my other smaller tanks.
    I've already spent around $250 -$300+ on this 5gallon alone... (on a lot of stuff I ended up not using).
    So I'd really like to have my tank completed, and would rather not waste more money by not knowing what I'm doing.
    Long story short, do any of you have any recommendations for white (possibly brighter)? bulbs that I can use on this 5gallon hood?

    Here are some images of my tank and the bulbs I'm using current moment:
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  2. wodesorel

    wodesorel Well Known Member Member

    I use an LED candelabra bulb in my 5 gallon as it fits nicely in the socket with the guard on it. It's a 60W equivalent but is under the actual 15W max. I went with the "natural daylight" which is like 6000K and it gives TONS of white light! Cost was under $5.
     
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    Zizicakes

    Zizicakes New Member Member

    Would it be too bright for a betta fish? I mean, 5 gallons are really small so I wouldn't want my fishy to be blinded 0.0
     
  4. WTFish?

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  5. wodesorel

    wodesorel Well Known Member Member

    I have a betta in that tank and she doesn't seem to care, hunts like crazy! Before that were ember tetras with lots of plants and they all did fantastic.
     
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    Zizicakes

    Zizicakes New Member Member

    Would it be alright if you uploaded a photo of them or sent a link to the ones you use?
    Just in case I miss something, I don't want to purchase the wrong ones XD
    Also, thank you so much for responding to my post ;w;
     
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    Zizicakes

    Zizicakes New Member Member

    I may use something like this in my 20 gallon setup.
    Thanks for the response ~
     
  8. wodesorel

    wodesorel Well Known Member Member

    No problem! 0086672b893cbd86ccbc515a6b4feed7.jpg b904eaef5b732ab2033e24f2dc5c380c.jpg c6ed504b1a95545b89cc519839949e05.jpg
     
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    Zizicakes

    Zizicakes New Member Member